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I was wondering whether anyone else has returned to 12 hour shift jobs post SAH. I have and I’m now just over 2 years since my accident, but I’m finding that my fatigue is getting worse then say it was a year ago. Does anyone else work 12 hour shifts and suffer with fatigue?

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Hi Joe the longest shift I do is 7 and a half hours that makes my whole body ache sometimes but I have something else wrong as Well 

 

Speak to your boss and see if you could perhaps cut your hours down a bit or try something different 

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It’s very hard as I’m stuck in a position where if I can’t do 12 hours then I can’t do my job. If I was to move position then I would see a massive drop in wage which I can’t afford to lose. I try to take each shift as steady as I can so I don’t tire myself out but the job is fairly manual so sometimes that is very hard to do.

 

The job is 2 days 2 nights and 4 off, so nights won’t be helping that, and I find that I have to spend all my days off not doing much in order to recover in time for my next set of shifts. I’ve been seeing an occupational therapist but she doesn’t seem to come up with any suggestions other then changing role.

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Is there any way that you could take frequent breaks during those long shifts?

Employers are supposed to make reasonable adjustments and to me that would seem a reasonable adjustment.

 

It is so very sad that you may well have to adjust your lifestyle so you can take a lower paid job. Possibly cut back on housing costs by moving to somewhere cheaper. Obviously we don't know your financial position and we certainly aren't going to intrude on that.

Please do not take offence as none is intended, just trying to think of something that may help.

 

At the end of the day your health comes first.

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My job is a job that doesn’t have set breaks so there are times where I can be sat down just watching a screen for instance or I’ll take some breaks to go eat. Been even after quite a lot of being sat down and not being active, I come home exhausted. Just wondered if there was anyone else who has managed to go back to 12 hour shifts and how they are dealing with it, as I feel like eventually I’ll hit a breaking point.

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Just watching a screen is mentally tiring as much as physical work is physically tiring. It is your brain that has taken this assault.

By breaks, I mean being able to go to a quiet area with no stimulation at all, not just sitting in front of a screen, to recharge your batteries.

I do appreciate that it may not be possible but what about asking your employers and back it up with a letter of recommendation explaining your problems from your occupational therapist.

 

As another thought, are you in a union? If so they may well be able to help negotiate some terms with your employer on your behalf.

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I do spend time away from a screen though this can vary shift to shift in terms of time and frequency. I’m just currently suffering silently due to being worried about being taken off the job as I hated the time it took to get back to doing it full time, as well as financial problems that could ruin everything that I’ve worked for

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I personally would be unable to work 12 hour shifts .

 

As Super says a key feature would be to take regular breaks away in a quiet area. The stress of being worried about if you are able to cope with the job probably isn't helping either so you need to address that.

 

If here is no way that you can change employment you need to adjust the way you cope with it by making the most of the time you are not working. Make sure that on those 4 days off you totally relax and recuperate, don't get sucked into plans for mammoth days out or household jobs. Unfortunately if you can't change you work pattern you have to change your rest pattern and make sure it is just that - rest.

 

I haven't got any better advice for you. I personally have had many problems with working post SAH and can only say that sometimes we need to adjust our expectations in the way of salary etc. Unfortunate,  but your health and well being are more important so if at all possible put them first.

 

Sorry no better advice, good luck!

 

Clare xx

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18 minutes ago, ClareM said:

I personally would be unable to work 12 hour shifts .

 

As Super says a key feature would be to take regular breaks away in a quiet area. The stress of being worried about if you are able to cope with the job probably isn't helping either so you need to address that.

 

If here is no way that you can change employment you need to adjust the way you cope with it by making the most of the time you are not working. Make sure that on those 4 days off you totally relax and recuperate, don't get sucked into plans for mammoth days out or household jobs. Unfortunately if you can't change you work pattern you have to change your rest pattern and make sure it is just that - rest.

 

I haven't got any better advice for you. I personally have had many problems with working post SAH and can only say that sometimes we need to adjust our expectations in the way of salary etc. Unfortunate,  but your health and well being are more important so if at all possible put them first.

 

Sorry no better advice, good luck!

 

Clare xx

Thankyou for your advice,

 

Having taken on advice from my partner around having more rest time, I am trying to adapt to that. I have always been the sort of person who likes to go and do things and make the most of my time off so to change to doing next to nothing is a very hard task for me. Though to help me adapt, when I do go out I am only going to places like coffee shops where it is more sitting and relaxing and socialising. 

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I know how you feel, it has taken a long time to realise that my day off is just that - a day off. If I try and fit too much in I suffer later in the week.

 

Keep up the sitting, relaxing and socialising :) 

 

Clare xx

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Hey there

 

Whilst you are working these long shifts, are you drinking enough water? Not coffee or tea, but good old water?  I sit and stare at a screen from 8am until 4pm and then some more when I come home so about ten hours in all.  I'm 12 years in but I've always found that making sure I'm drinking at least two litres of water throughout the day helps with the fatigue and brain function.

 

Definitely make sure, as the others have said, that you rest on your rest days and you take regular breaks from looking at the screen - even if its just closing your eyes for five minutes.

 

Good luck and I hope things improve for you x

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37 minutes ago, Skippy said:

Hey there

 

Whilst you are working these long shifts, are you drinking enough water? Not coffee or tea, but good old water?  I sit and stare at a screen from 8am until 4pm and then some more when I come home so about ten hours in all.  I'm 12 years in but I've always found that making sure I'm drinking at least two litres of water throughout the day helps with the fatigue and brain function.

 

Definitely make sure, as the others have said, that you rest on your rest days and you take regular breaks from looking at the screen - even if its just closing your eyes for five minutes.

 

Good luck and I hope things improve for you x

I do try to drink plenty of water, usually about 2 litres a day and I had to stop drinking coffee as it was sending me dizzy. However the fatigue is that bad that I’m having to take a energy drink to work on most shifts (including days) just to get me through and stop me wanting to nod off come the half way point of the shift.

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Hi Joe,

 

I used to sit at a screen a lot.  My eyesight was ok, but I got tired after long periods at the screen. You should have a break every half hour, there are plenty of studies that back this up.  However, one thing I did do was get my eyes tested and there are three possibilities I know of that will help.

 

One is to see an optician and get them to make you a pair of glasses that are adjusted to your eyes (perfect or not) adjusted for your eyes in relation to the screen you sit at and which take the glare off the screen to make it easier on your eyes.

 

Another is to buy an anti-glare screen that attaches to your VDU, again which takes the glare off and in some cases will increase the font size as well.

 

These days you might be able to change the settings on your screen to do this, so go and see your office computer bloke/lady to see if this can be done for you.

 

Best wishes,

 

Macca

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Hi Joe,

You have my empathy working 12 hour shifts.  I did this for sometime way before having my SAH.  More than half the people I work with do work 12 hour shifts.  Most of them are younger than me...25 to 55...it is difficult for them, even the younger ones.  Also doing 4 12's in a row is murder...Can you split them?  Another thought , the computers we use allow us to stand or sit, I find this helpful..I hope you find a solution, it is a tough schedule.  Best wishes as you move forward,

Sincerely,

Jean

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Hello Joe … also welcome to BTG.

 

Sorry to hear of the issues and difficult decisions you are facing two years on.

 

You are certainly not alone when it comes to dealing with trying to get back to `work as usual`.

Often the reduced quality of life caused by straining to cope with a series of full shift will eventually `force` you to make decisions which you have been trying to put off.

 

In addition to Maccas suggestions I would add that my wife also asked her employer to provide  her with  much larger screen monitor. This really helped her cope following her reduced eyesight issues. While she did return to her stressful fulltime employment, she eventually reduced her hours and also transferred to less stressful work.

 

Lifestyle and family/ financial commitments can often make this decision very challenging. I do hope you and your partner continue to talk through the realistic options for you both.

 

 

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Thankyou for all your comments. My job is not entirely screen based as it involves a variety of things but when im not having a break it is either watching a screen or doing something active which is taking its tole on my body. And with these issues it is also deteriorating my mental health regarding with what the future holds. I am only 25 and have 40 years of work ahead of me. I am struggling to come to terms with my potential employment in the future.

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I cannot give you med advice but I m sure you can get a note from your doc that says you need scheduled breaks. Sometimes looking at computer screen can give one headaches even without history of SAH. You can say something like at least such and such minutes within such and such time period. Good luck

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Joe,

 

Are your bosses helpful if so have an extra 1/2 hour at lunchtime and try to dose off at desk and like wise tea breaks.

 

I need a sleep in the day or doze off in chair but I am not working.  I admire all that get back into the swing so quickly.

 

I go shopping and come back shattered ..So whatever happens I wish you all the best.

 

Good luck and tell Bosses perhaps a camp bed for 1/2 hours kip or whatever.

 

Keep Well and let us know how you get on xxxxx

 

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Hi there

Not the same thing I know but wife of someone who does 12hours shifts from time to time (next one on Sat funny enough then Tues 18th) and for me they are shattering & I'm not the one working..

 

Its hard on even the ones that haven't had a SAH and all the challenges that goes along with it.

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